a gorgeous Monarch graces the cosmos flowers
this guy, along with a huge black swallowtail butterfly,
have been drifting around the garden today
(this photo courtesy of the National Butterfly Center)
I am pleased to see that the recent rain has assisted in speeding along the germination of my wildflower bed. I have loads of tiny seedlings making an appearance. I think this bodes well for the entire Hill Country-area wildflower crop next spring: it all comes down to getting rain in the right amounts & intervals during the fall season.
I was talking to my daughter, Claire, on the phone while this butterfly was wafting about. She told me it makes her happy that I send photos of the garden to her (she is in college far away @ SUNY Purchase).
I think it helps her feel connected to home.
I didn't know that South Texas is recognized as America's Butterfly Center! I found this informative website about the varieties that can be found in this area: http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabast/index.html